8 shrubs that provide reliable good looks without a lot of work

The Only Shrubs You Need to Grow.This is a picture of purple smoke bush that ignites the border. Their stems grow straight up like pipe cleaners, a habit which makes them useful additions to any border in need of diverse forms.

Lovely hydrangea border

Hydrangea Border at the Powerscourt Gardens, Ireland -- Hydrangeas might just be my favorite flower, but I really do love them all :)

Choose the Best Hydrangeas for Your Garden - lists all the types of hydrangeas and where each one does best

Choose the Top Hydrangeas for Your Garden

choosing hydrangeas for your garden: cold-climate hydrangea (hydrangea arborescens) / snowball hydrangea - part shade / not drought-tolerant / 'annabelle' / 'white dome'

Flower Bed

I love how theyve staggered the pavers around the flowerbed. It give it a nice textured feel rather than the solid brick look that so many bed sport these days.

Les Mesnil des Bois

hydrangea and wisteria - both have varied flower colors. Both are also seen in Old Southern landscapes. Hydrangea like rich damp soil with filtered sun. Wisteria will seek out light and do well in full sun.